Dance Marathon at UF holds Warrior Run

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Warriors of all ages crawled, climbed and jumped their way to the finish line, all for the kids.

Dance Marathon at the University of Florida held its first ever Warrior Run Sunday afternoon. Dance Marathon aims to raise money for patients at UF Shands Children's Hospital.

Sunday's Warrior Run replaced the organization's yearly 5K with an obstacle course, mud crawling and tire jumping.

"Everything we do is for the kids, and the kids that we benefit, the kids that we work so hard for, are warriors," said Dance Marathon at UF Executive Director Joel Rivera.

Tickets to the event cost $25 each. All the money raised goes to Shands Children's Hospital.

"They have these struggles, their families are in and out of the hospital. So we really wanted to highlight them today. We really wanted to be warriors alongside with them," Rivera said.

In 2017, Dance Marathon at UF raised nearly $2.8 million for Shands Children's Hospital.